Resources for Writing Your Life Story

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Premium

Writing Guidebooks

Family Tales, Family Wisdom: How to Gather the Stories of a Lifetime and Share Them with Your Family by Robert U. Akeret and Daniel Klein (Henry Holt)

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington (The Eighth Mountain Press)

Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page by Sheila Bender (Writer’s Digest Books)

Reaching Back: A Workbook for Recording Your Life’s Most Meaningful Moments to Share with Future Generations by Alice Chapin (Betterway Books)

From Memories to Manuscript: The Five Step Method of Writing Your Life Story by Joan Neubauer (Ancestry Publishing)

Writing Family Histories and Memoirs by Kirk Polking (Writer’s Digest Books)

Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach (Story Press)

Writing from Within: A Guide to Creativity and Life Story Writing by Bernard Selling (Hunter House)

How to Write the Story of Your Life by Frank P. Thomas (Writer’s Digest Books)

Guidebooks for Oral History Interviewing

Record and Remember: Tracing Your Roots Through Oral History by Ellen Epstein and Jane Lewit (Scarborough House)

Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Videotape, Audiotape, Suggested Topics and Questions, Interview Techniques by William Fletcher (Ten Speed Press)

Video Family History by Duane and Pat Strum (Ancestry Publishing)

Examples of Memoirs and Autobiographies

Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Random House)

Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History by Helen Epstein (Plume)

Family by Ian Frazier (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Halfway Home: A Granddaughter’s Biography by Mary Logue (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Cottonwood Roots by Kem Luther (University of Nebraska Press)

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (Touchstone)